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  • Students Earn National Merit Commendation

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 10/22/2018
    Shout out to 3 former Renaissance graduates. Regan, Anna and Subhayon were presented with a National Merit Commendation. They tested in the top 3% of 1.6 million students in the fall 2017 PSAT!
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  • Sierra Verde's Letters About Literature National Writing Winner!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/16/2018




    Congratulations Peyton Dennis 2018 AZ state winner of Level 1 Letters About Literature National writing completion.


    Peyton’s letter represented AZ in the National Letters About Literature Level 1 Competition and his letter was placed in the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and the Arizona Center of the Book at the Arizona State Library.  Peyton was one of the 143 students who made it to the national round. 


    Additionally, Peyton‘s name and book will be posted on the Library of Congress website representing Arizona.  http://www.read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/state.html



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  • Online Walk-Up to Math Program Shines!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 5/22/2018



    The Online Learning Program has been able to support over 60 students this year as they walk up to math on 8 of our campuses.  Two of our students completed 7th-grade, 8th-grade math and Algebra 1 Honors through a rigorous and accelerated path this school year.  With the ability for in-person support from our amazing gifted specialists, and a highly-qualified online math teacher these students exceeded expectations while expanding their technology and mathematical skill sets.



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  • 2nd Place in the Stock Market Game

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 5/7/2018

    Copper Creek Students

    CC May 2018

    The team if Skye, Addisyn, and Isabel from 5th grade Sage math placed 2nd in be elementary division of the Stock Market game sponsored by the Arizona Council of Economics Education. The had a rate of return on their investments of over 12% in 10 weeks.

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  • HLS Renaissance - Top Division 1 Team!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 10/16/2017


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  • Fossil Hunt Field Trip - 7th Grade Renaissance at Highland Lakes

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 9/19/2017


    Fossil Hunt






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  • Science Awards at Highland Lakes Renaissance

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/24/2017












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  • DVUSD Gifted Teacher Interviewed for ABC News

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/17/2017


    Mrs. R





    Students at an Arizona school will be able to safely watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse thanks to one of their teachers.

    Christine Rowlan, a math teacher at Canyon Springs STEM Academy in Anthem, Arizona, raised enough money to buy 1,000 eclipse glasses for her entire student body and faculty.

    "I really didn't think it would work," Rowlan told ABC News of her fundraising efforts. "The GoFundMe was up for less than four hours and it already maxxed out. For [the students] to have a real life experience with science is so much more meaningful. I think they are excited because they've never experienced something like this."

    Canyon Springs is not in the path of totality but residents will be able to partly view the eclipse.

    Rowlan, who teaches a total of 65 third- and fourth-grade students, was determined for the kids to witness the historical event. In June, she had reserved eclipse glasses through a company that later raised their price to a number the school couldn't afford, Rowlan said.

    Rowlan reached out to her district's parent/teacher association who suggested she crowdfund the money. In few hours, she raised $480 and was able to purchase glasses for Canyon Springs' 822 students, plus staff. All 1,000 pairs are made by American Paper Optics -- a company approved by the American Astronomical Society.

    "When Christine puts her mind to something, she gets it done," Principal Tricia Graham told ABC News. "We are trying to create scientists. To celebrate something like this in nature that we can just go outside and look at is amazing. It's something that they will always remember."

    On Aug. 21, the students will gather on the school field to witness the partial eclipse with their teachers and friends.

    Rowlan said she is looking forward to passing the glasses out to the school ahead of the eclipse. Her effort was achieved in honor of her late brother-in-law, who had wanted to witness the eclipse, she said.

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  • Growth Mindset at Paseo Hills

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 8/13/2017


    Paseo Hills

    Paseo 5th grade SAGE reading students "sticking it together" with some collaborative work about growth mindset today. Our discussion question focus today: "What can you say instead of this is too hard? and why is this a better choice?"


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  • Gifted Rocks Summer Camps!

    Posted by Adam Laningham on 7/18/2017



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  • Congratulations to Mrs. Olson, our Gifted Specialist, at Paseo Hills! 


    Winner of the Az Cardinals & University of Phoenix

    Donate to Educate Grant

    For their STEM Fantasy Football Project
    Enjoy your project and new iPads!

  • Gifted Rocks



    June 12, 2020 

    Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, we are going to cancel Gifted Rocks! summer camp this year. This was not an easy decision for our teachers and staff as we know our gifted kiddos really want to get out and experience some in-person learning. We just need to make sure both our students and staff are safe at this time.
    We will begin processing full refunds for everyone who was registered on Monday June 15th.
    We applicate your understanding and flexibility.





    We hope to be able to offer our gifted summer program again this year for gifted identified students entering 1st - 9th grades.

    With teachers coming back for the 2020-21 school year the end of July, and the possibility of having social distancing

    continue into the summer, we are focusing our efforts on just one week this year. That said we will still offer

    two options that week. If we do need to cancel camp, parents will be notified and receive a full refund.




    Gifted Rocks 2020 - Both Sides of the Brain! 

    Both Sides

    Monday June 15th - Friday June 19th

    Choose one or both!

     Morning Camp


    Focus on the Right Side of the Brain!


    8:00 - 11:45 AM



    The MORNING session will focus on the right brain, featuring the following course areas of study;  students will be grouped by grade level and will experience all 3 course areas of study:


    Painting and Arts 

    Logic and Mindfulness 



     Afternoon Camp


    Focus on the Left Side of the Brain! 


    12:30 - 4:15 PM


    The AFTERNOON session will focus on the left brain, featuring the following course areas of study;  students will be grouped by grade level and will experience all 3 course areas during the camp:

    Animal Research with Bone Boxes

    LEGO Robotics 

    Logic and Mindfulness 




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     More information (class discriptions, fees, etc.) is in our flyer: 

    Information Flyer





    If you register for both camps (i.e. Morning & Afternoon)

    a discount is provided at checkout. 



    Safety Protocols for 2020

    Please bring the following:

    First Day of camp


    Students each day

    • Bag lunch
    • A morning and afternoon snack
    • Enough water for the day (drinking fountains are turned off)
    • Masks are optional


    What the process looks like

    • We ask that only one parent/guardian bring their child to sign in in the morning. (After the first day, older children can do this for themselves.)
    • Park in the parking lot off of Rose Garden Lane and follow the signs.
    • Everyone will meet/check in, in Goldwater's large cafeteria. This will allow room for everyone to socially distance.
    • All surfaces and materials will be cleaned multiple times a day




    Who Can Attend Gifted Rocks Summer Programs?

    Any child who meets the age requirnments, and ...
    • Has a score at the 90th percentile or higher on a state aproved Gifted Identification Test in the areas of Verbal, Quantitative, or Nonverbal


    • Is already in a gifted or advanced program


    • Has a gifted identified sibling meeting the above requirnments


    **Students do not have to be enrolled in a DVUSD school in order to attend**


    Please email giftedservices@dvusd.org if you have questions or need documentation approved.